At least 11 lives have been lost Tuesday night into Wednesday, as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms tore from northeastern Texas into the South for the second consecutive night.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed to the Associated Press that one person perished when severe thunderstorms slammed Sharp County, Ark., Tuesday night.
CNN reported Wednesday afternoon that six people were killed in Mississippi and four in Alabama early Wednesday morning.
The tornadoes and severe thunderstorms prompted Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to declare a state of emergency.
Tuesday night marks the second consecutive night of severe weather claiming lives in Arkansas. A tornado and flooding rain killed 10 people across the state the previous night.
The deadly storms that slammed Sharp County, Mississippi and Alabama were several of many violent thunderstorms that tore from northeastern Texas to the lower Ohio Valley and Alabama on Tuesday afternoon and night.
The powerful thunderstorms unleashed damaging winds, pounding hail and flooding downpours.
There were also at least 58 tornado sightings, further putting April in the running to be the most active April on record for tornadoes.
One person sustained injuries on Tuesday night when a tornado damaged a home near Hickory Flat, Miss.
Another twister tore through an area near Montpelier, Miss., causing extensive tree and structural damage. Emergency workers had to cut their way through the debris to reach the scene.
That tornado was likely already on the ground twenty minutes before, slamming the Mississippi town of Eupora. The twister here destroyed a business, damaged homes and downed numerous trees and power lines.
Five miles to the south-southwest of Eupora, the twister downed many trees onto roads and the tops of homes. Mobile homes were also destroyed. The number of people injured currently stands at seven.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, four people sustained minor injuries when an unconfirmed tornado knocked over an oil rig west of Ringgold, La. Trees also downed by the suspected twister initially blocked emergency vehicles.
Another unconfirmed tornado snapped pine trees near Many, La. One of the trees was hurled through the roof of a home.
Tornadoes were not the only culprit behind damage from northeastern Texas to the South on Tuesday night.
Residents in Yazoo City, Miss., which suffered two tornado strikes last year, will spend today cleaning up the trees brought down by strong thunderstorm winds. The winds also blew the roof off a home on the southeast side of the city.
Damage due to severe weather occurred away from Texas and the South on Tuesday.
Violent thunderstorms also erupted across Lower Michigan and from South Carolina to central New York. These areas did not report any tornadoes. Damaging winds, hail and flooding downpours were instead produced.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
The hot weather seen across the Northwest over the weekend will carry over into the new week, continuing the risk of heat-related illness.
Starting on Sunday, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic will be faced with severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours on multiple days before the new week ends on a more refreshing note.
Parts of the South will get major relief from heat, humidity and storms next week while other locations will be at greater risk for flash flooding.
Unsettled weather will rule in Atlanta this weekend and into the new week, with the chance of thunderstorms each day.
Dallas will see continued periods of heat and dry weather with temperatures expected to reach 100 F Sunday and Monday.
Walker, IA (1992)
3.5 inches of rain in just one hour caused stream and river flooding.
New Jersey, NY (1895)
Cherry Hill Tornado in North Jersey caused $50,000 damage; funnel then descended at New York City in Harlem and Woodhaven, where one was killed; ended as a waterspout in Jamaica Bay; New York City damage totalled $43,000. Note: This is not the Cherry Hill in South Jersey.
Mississippi Valley & Great Lakes (1936)
Searing heat across the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes: Evansville, IN 107 degrees Alpena, MI 104 degrees Grand Rapids, MI 108 degrees St. Cloud, MN 107 degrees Wisconsin Dells, WI 114 degrees; all-time record. Green Bay, WI 104 degrees Fort Francis, ONT. 108 degrees; highest ever in Ontario Province. Mio, MI 112 degrees, all-time high in state.